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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1598

Mr CARLTON —I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Madam SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr CARLTON —During Question Time the Treasurer (Mr Keating) spoke about the national accounts and said that I had made no statement about the national accounts. I have before me a Press release I issued on 19 March, the day on which the national accounts figures were issued. There are two pages to the Press release. I also gave a number of radio and television interviews. This is a pattern of falsehoods put out about the Opposition by the Treasurer.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member has shown where he has been misrepresented. He may not go on to debate the issue.

Mr CARLTON —Madam Speaker, we are just fed up to the teeth with this pattern of falsehoods about the Opposition which is put forward by this Treasurer. This is just one example of that.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member has sought indulgence to make a personal explanation. In the personal explanation, the honourable member knows full well that he may not debate the issue.

Mr CARLTON —Thank you, Madam Speaker, but I have made the point.

Madam SPEAKER —The honourable member for Mitchell also sought the Chair's indulgence.